One of my favorite things about spring is that the ground comes back to life. Gardens start shooting up produce again, sometimes faster than it can be eaten. I especially love when this happens to my friends, and they start giving away veggies. Recently I was gifted a jumbo, overflowing bag of delicious curly green kale. (Thanks friend!) There are, of course, tons of ways to fix kale, including blending it up in smoothies, juicing it, and eating it raw in a salad. One of my favorite kale recipes, however, is this warm Braised Kale with Apple Cider Vinegar. This incredibly fresh and nutrient-packed side dish is warmed in a sauté pan, and tossed with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.
Making Braised Kale with Apple Cider Vinegar
This braised kale recipe is EASY, takes about 10 minutes, and only uses 5 ingredients (one of which, obviously, is fresh kale). I use a big bunch of kale– way more than I’d think I could eat– because it cooks down to what seems like an impossibly small amount. In fact, normally I use a large sauté pan or wok, fill it to the top so that the lid barely fits, and when it cooks down there’s about enough left for four sides of kale (depending on how much each person takes). If you need more than 4 servings of kale, you could always add more kale to your pan as it begins to shrink. Braised kale also reheats well in the next day or two, so if you make too much you can always eat it later.
Start by prepping your kale– rinse it, cut off the big stems (they’re kind of tough), and then tear it into small pieces. Heat a little oil in your big pan, then add garlic. Let the garlic cook for about a minute, then add all your kale (unless it won’t all fit- then add as much as you can and add more as the kale in the pan cooks down). Pour your lemon juice and vinegar over the kale, toss it, and cover everything with a lid. Watch your kale– you want to take it off the heat after it’s cooked down but before it starts to go from dark green to a darker brownish green (although it’s still okay to eat if some gets darker). Everything should all cook down pretty quickly and be ready to eat within just a few minutes. Serve it as is, or add a little more apple cider vinegar. Enjoy this tasty and healthful veggie as a side dish for whatever else you’re eating, or by itself as a delicious spring-time snack.
Looking for more vegetables? Try these:
Braised Kale with Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 large bunch kale, washed and torn into small pieces with large stems removed
- 1 TB olive oil
- 1 TB minced garlic
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (approx 1 lemon)
- 2 TB apple cider vinegar, plus more to serve
Heat oil on medium in a large pan or wok, until oil begins to ripple. Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes. Add kale and lower heat to medium-low. Drizzle lemon juice and cider over kale and toss the kale.
Cover with a lid and allow kale to wilt for about 4-5 minutes. Kale should wilt but not turn brown. Serve warm, with extra vinegar if desired.